A Pulaski County woman was cited for 21 counts of animal cruelty Tuesday after deputies responded to a complaint of loud barking on her property and found dogs living in "horrible conditions," according to a Pulaski County sheriff's office report.
Deputies responded to 10509 Harper Road southeast of Little Rock shortly before 11:30 a.m. to investigate the noise complaint. The resident, 46-year-old Kathleen Murphy, then invited the deputy to walk through her outdoor storage shed where she kept 14 Chihuahuas, the report said.
Authorities noted poor conditions inside including trash and other debris around the dog pens.
"Some of the kennels did not have water, and the ones that did have water, deputies noticed small parasites swimming around in the bowl," deputy Gary Smith wrote in the report. "The dogs were walking around in their own feces."
Police say a separate area housing seven larger dogs was lacking water and feeding bowls and that Murphy had rabies tags for only 11 of the 21 dogs and didn't know which tag went with which animal. Murphy was cited rather than arrested "due to her being a care taker for her special needs son," Smith wrote.
An officer "advised Ms. Murphy of the horrible conditions and that he would be following up with her as to check on the progress of her cleaning up the kennels and getting all the dogs vaccinations up to date," Smith added.
Murphy was also cited for the loud barking.